Austin City Administrator Fired

Posted at: 12/03/2013 3:08 PM
Updated at: 12/03/2013 11:01 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - The Austin City Council has fired long-time city administrator Jim Hurm, citing his job performance as “unacceptable”.  The action came at the end of Monday’s council meeting.

Hurm’s job performance was evaluated by city department heads and by the City Council and Mayor.

Department heads deemed that Hurm’s job performance was unfavorable with respect to organization, motivational capability, fairness, leadership, communication, listening skills, decision-making and follow-up on decisions made.

A majority of department heads felt Hurm did not properly manage the goals and expectations of city departments and would not accept and share responsibility for decisions made.

The council and mayor evaluated Hurm’s performance as “acceptable” when it came to fiscal management, communications with the public and implementing directives of the council, though the council was divided between “favorable” and “unfavorable” assessments in those areas.

His performance was deemed “unacceptable” with respect to staff supervision and management of department heads.

Council members voted unanimously for an immediate termination, saying Hurm was not adequately performing duties required by his position as city administrator.

Hurm has told ABC 6 news that he is “disappointed with the council's decision”, but would not comment further.

In the evaluation, Hurm indicated he was surprised by how critical department heads were and said he would have liked to communicate with them to address their concerns.

He’s been Austin’s city administrator since 2003.